[...having travelled by train through France, into Flanders...]
1-4 recorded in Sven's caravan in the yard outside the Sloepstraat squat in Wondelgem, near Gent (an old metal factory). Sven played acoustic guitar. Track 4 was played specially for Alan, our mutual friend now living in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
5-10 were recorded with Kristof de Rous who I met at the Eurolines bus stop in Gent the night before. He was strumming some chords on a guitar, so I joined in. When we got to Victoria Coach Station in London early in the morning, we decided to go and find a quiet place (nearby Ebury Square) and have a jam. Most of the tracks are based on his song structures, a couple are entirely spontaneous. What I refer to as "stupidest machine ever invented" was a leaf blower which came to disturb our tranquility, making ridiculous amounts of noise for half an hour, doing the equivalent of a five-minute rake job...
11 was recorded in an octagonal tower adjacent to St. George's church (at that time a squatted community centre) in Tufnell Park, North London with PokSpacegoat on mandola. We had just been asked to play at the cremation ceremony for a dead pigeon, presided over by three resident priestesses, including his current girlfriend Aurelie and our friend Rosie (possibly audible here eating marmalade-on-toast). We were warming up, trying to create an impression of 'fluttering wings'. Sadly, our version of Skynyrd's "Free Bird" never got recorded!
[...back in Exeter...]
12-13 were recorded a couple of days after I got back to Exeter. Stef turned up unexpectedly from West Wales with his mandola, a very pleasant surprise, as I had hoped to visit him on the way to Ireland at the start of my travels, but couldn't fit it in. These were recorded very late at night, unfortunately we were very tired, but still managed to do something quite OK.
Dates of recordings are all incorporated into file names (European-style) i.e. 020305 = 2nd March 2005.